Dash: But Dad always said our powers were nothing to be ashamed of, our powers made us special.
Helen: Everyone's special, Dash.
DashDo We Have This One?
: [muttering] Which is another way of saying no one is.
already? I can't figure to where else to ask, or how
to ask anywhere else.
Will require a decent bit of Wiki Magic
to get this going, so any help is appreciated
You've Heard It A Million Times
in all types of media and
in Real Life
- some parent or other authority figure (usually a teacher or babysitter) tells a child in their care that everyone
is special. Some will go a little further, by saying "everyone is special in their own way
". Typically the child is told this after a bullying situation where someone called them worthless or something similar. There's a problem with this idea, and sometimes the child will spot it, other times not- which creates Fridge Logic
for them later on. The problem is, "If everybody
is special, then doesn't make "special" the new normal? That means nobody is special, because special and normal are opposites
." Whether the child tries to figure it out -encountering a logic bomb in the process- or stops at "Everybody is special, so that means we are all normal (or equal, depending on the way it is said).
See also, Everyone Is a Super
This is often seen in children's and inspirational movies, books and plays.